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As the second Michelin Guide for Chicago prepares to hit bookstores next week, one thing is for sure: There will be change. There has to be. Among the 23 restaurants that received one or more stars, Sixteen (one star) saw chef Frank Brunacci depart,...
Tags: Boka, Michelin Group, Spiaggia, Sprout, Sixteen
Cupcakes are cool. But doughnuts are hot. A handful of new and relatively new shops are producing the kind of high-quality, limited-quantity, chef-driven doughnuts that truly can be called artisanal products. Much as cupcake specialists revolutionized...
Tags: Bacon, Wicker Park, Pistachios, The Purple Pig, Gilt Bar
I don't know if teachers still do this, but at the end of each school year, I was handed a summer reading list, a sheet of required and optional books that would prepare students for the coming school year. (I still owe a measure of revenge to the teacher...
Tags: Boka, Stephanie Izard, Sprout, Au Cheval, Ombra
When Charlie Trotter announced, just past the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, that he would be closing his eponymous Chicago restaurant at the end of August, quite a few people vowed to get to Charlie Trotter's, one last time or even for the very...
Tribune newspapersTwo Chicago hotels and three restaurants have been awarded the top five-star designation in the annual Forbes Travel Guide ratings. The honored hotels were the Four Seasons and The Peninsula, and the restaurants were Alinea, Charlie Trotter's and L2O....
Tribune criticThe AAA Five- and Four-Diamond Awards for restaurants and hotels were announced this morning, and Chicago wound up tied with New York with the most five-diamond restaurants in North America. All of Chicago's Five-Diamond restaurants or hotels were repeat...
You can't count on snow for Christmas. You can't count on a 7-3 Bears team making the playoffs. But you can count on my annual save-the-tables list, which provides dozens of last-minute, primo New Year's Eve reservations for procrastinating readers....
Tribune criticWe now know the fate of the Ben Pao space (52 W. Illinois St.), which is closing in two weeks. The Melman siblings (RJ, Jerrod, Molly) will partner with Bill and Giuliana Rancic to create an Italian restaurant in the space. Think there will be a...
Cole Dickinson, the chef de cuisine at Michael Voltaggio's soon-to-open West Hollywood restaurant, Ink, got his culinary education the old-fashioned way: in the kitchen. That might sound obvious, but it makes him something of an anomaly as the number...
L.A. at HomeCarla Corona: Pastry chef Carla Corona’s home kitchen is not particularly large, nor refined in its finishes, nor loaded with gonzo equipment. It’s humble. And to Corona, it’s perfect. A look at a modest kitchen that serves as a symbol...
Tribune reporterGrant Achatz moved up the aisle of the plane, his carry-on draped over his gaunt frame. It was October at Reagan National Airport, a rare moment of calm for Chicago's top chef, whose wary eyes belong to a man older than 36, and whose life has been blessed...
Tags: Michelin Group, Marriage, Skin, Human Body, Harvard University
If my enthusiasm for Gilt Bar seems a little restrained, well, I vowed that I wouldn't let myself get hurt again. You see, Gilt Bar, a spiffy little 6-month-old, so young and appealing and full of promise, sits at 230 W. Kinzie St. And that address has...
Tags: Chicken, CLTV, WGN, Metal and Mineral, Building Material
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